John Lechleiter, Ph.D. , PhRMA Chairman
John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, was elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on April 13, 2012.
Dr. Lechleiter has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Lilly since 2008. He became president and chief operating officer of Lilly in 2005, when he joined the company's board of directors. His career at Lilly began in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development -- a department he later led in 1982. He was named executive vice president for pharmaceutical products and corporate development in 2001. In 2004, he became Lilly’s executive vice president for pharmaceutical operations.